New 13" BacBook Air screen has cloudy black smudges near edges

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by lim3sparks, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. lim3sparks macrumors newbie

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    Anyone else noticing a problem like this? The one in the middle/bottom is what originally caught my eye, but there's actually quite a few noticable areas around the edges. I bumped up the contrast a tad in photoshop to make it clearer.

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    No, it's not just dirty :(
     
  2. jackyyeow macrumors 6502

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    Completely normal. Not just Macbook Air, I've seen the same thing happen on the display of VAIO X 11" thin laptop too.
     
  3. AppleTech22 macrumors 6502

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  4. lim3sparks thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ack. i guess that's a freudian slip since i'm gonna make them take it bacbook ;)
     
  5. lim3sparks thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Completely normal, meaning, I should just live with it since I couldn't reasonably expect a replacement to be much better?
     
  6. lyrrad721 macrumors regular

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    I say it's not normal, mine looks as white as milk.
     
  7. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    While there is going to be some amount of that on TN panels - yours is abnormally bad. Return it. I lived with a screen like that for 4 years because I didn't want to hassle with it.. I should have as it pissed me off every day

    edit - I just realized you upped the contrast.. that's cheating. Post the original image. :)

    I'd still be surprised if it wasn't something that needed a return.

    Not sure what it is with apple and their sourced screens lately, in the last 4-5 years they have just taken a massive turn for the worse on quality control etc.
     
  8. lim3sparks thread starter macrumors newbie

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    okay, here's the original :)

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    Not horrible obviously, which is why I'm kind of on the fence about exchanging. Just slightly irritating given that I dropped a decent chunk of change on it and my 4yo gateway laptop's screen is perfectly even and cost a third the price :(
     
  9. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    What brightness was that set to? Still looks easily bad enough to return, unless it was on something like - 2 bars.
     
  10. Leon88 macrumors member

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    The pattern exhibited on my MBA 13" (LG panel) looks somewhat like yours except it isn't that bad. The bottom left corner of my screen seems a tad darker compared to the bottom right and overall the bottom edge of the screen is a bit darker too. I'm not too concerned about this since i've went to an Apple store over the weekend and checked out two other MBA's and they both have the same problem.
    The effect does look more apparent on your screen based on the photo and you might wanna consider returning it for a new one.
     
  11. lim3sparks thread starter macrumors newbie

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    brightness was set right in the middle, but it remains noticeable (although less so) even on the brightest setting.
     
  12. KPOM macrumors G5

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    It's always hard to tell from a picture, but it does look very uneven. I'd take it to a store and compare it to a floor model. You might need an exchange.
     
  13. lim3sparks thread starter macrumors newbie

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    eh, called applecare and they said they could repair but would rather ship me a new one. gonna do the latter, fingers crossed :eek:
     

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